Best of Nick Gilder: Hot Child in the City
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Nick Gilder does it best: "Roxy Roller" and "Hot Child In The City" are the biggies here: melodic guitar with a friendly growl, inevitable rhythms, exuberant vocals. This stuff is just the ticket to dig you out of whatever whole your in
Most of this was done in the 1970's: important because it is before synthesizers made this type of music anemic. This is fun music when fun music still had great writing, care in production values, and plenty of spine to go around
Back when Razor & Tie had just released the first of Donnie Iris' LP's, their web site asked visitors for suggestions on what artists they would like to see released. I immediately emailed them saying they HAD to release albums by Nick Gilder and City Boy (i'm still waiting for City Boy).
Well, it took a long time, but this CD is GREATLY appreciated. Nick Gilder was a standout rocker with a unique sound. If Nick is crankin' out of your system, you aren't going to mistake him for anybody else.
About the CD...Nice remastering. The songs sound crisp and clear. A decent selection of songs, but as other reviewers have noted, some glaring ommissions. Some of my favorites that are NOT on the CD: Metro Jets (how did this one get away???)We'll Work It Out (Hello??) Time After Time (McFly...Anybody Home?) Hold On Me Tonight. Well, the list could go on.
The "You Know Who You Are" LP was a particular favourite of mine when I was about 14 years-old, and I just couldn't understand why Billy Joel and his ilk were having hit after hit after hit why Nick Gilder went largely unnoticed - aside, of course, from "Hot Child in the City", which, if you ask me, is just so-so compared to much of his other material. Listening to this music again all these years later, I'm still just as baffled.
"(She's) One of the Boys", "Backstreet Noise" (The B-SIDE of "Hot Child", how unbelievable as that may seem now!!), "Rated 'X'", "Roxy Roller", and so on and so on - all still tremendously appealing after all these years and oh-how long I've waited to get them all on CD. Thanks, Razor & Tie!
Oh, and Mr.DeLuca, Suzi Quatro also recorded a fine version of "Roxy Roller" circa 1976.